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Fundamentals of Photography: The Essential Handbook for Both Digital and Film Cameras

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The most comprehensive, accessible, and completely up-to-date guide available for today’s photographer: whether beginner or advanced, using a film camera or digital.

Award-winning photographer Tom Ang provides a thorough, explicitly detailed bottom-to-top understanding of modern photography, explaining all the techniques that will help anyone who uses a camera—in a professi
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Knopf
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I was an idiot, I read it cover to cover like a novel. It's really more of a reference book. The layout, font size, and amount of information in this book would indicate it's a college-level textbook. But I bought it for dirt cheap and read it page-by-page.

I'm dizzy.
Daniel Roy
Tom Ang's book is a clear yet thorough guide to photography. Although it covers both digital and film photography, there is very little material that actually feels useless if, say, you only want to learn how to shoot digital. It's not a progressive course, but a solid reference, and I gained a lot by reading through it.

It's a color book, so it includes a great number of color photography to illustrate every nuance. It also covers the processing steps of digital photography, which is very useful
This book covers a wide array of useful topics on just about every aspect of photography, and gives a good intro to all of them. The book includes chapters each on cameras, lenses, printing, color, light, etc. The problem is that each individual topic basically gets just a two-page spread, so many topics are covered too briefly. For example, he talks about demosaicking -- how the digital camera takes a bunch of individually-monochrome pixels and produces a complete image with colors at each step ...more
Pretty good resource for all things photography. I like the color-coded parts of the book, the examples of images to illustrate a talking point, and the general language used in such a way as to teach the lingo without dumbing it down.
Andres Moreira
Pretty good book. Is a book that covers a lot of topics on photography, but in some topics get too bored and isn't too much clear! I like it in general!
Ap Rivard
Great book, very educational even for intermediate to advance level, in my opinion.
Michael DeRose
A fantastic read that will get anyone on the right path.
Very informative!
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Photographer, author, traveller and academic. A specialist in travel and digital photography, he has photographed extensively in Central Asia. He won the Thomas Cook award for best Illustrated Travel Book for his coverage of the Marco Polo Expedition.

Ang was senior lecturer in photographic practice at the University of Westminster for over 12 years (1991–2004) and created the MA Photographic Journ
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